August 27, 2009 – 3:12 pm

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Hartford 1973 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Dillon Stadium, Hartford, Connecticut, August 17, 1973. Very good soundboard.

If you were a young music fan in the early ’70s, having grooved to the guitar-Latin-polyrhythm mix that marked Santana’s first three albums, 1972’s Caravanserai must have come as a surprise and possibly a disappointment. Where were the dance happy songs like Evil Ways, Oye Como Va, No One To Depend On or Guajira?

In a way, Carlos Santana was a visionary. He probably felt that samba-rock would be the death of him… or at least he’d be stunted in it. He had to branch out and experiment. Fortunately, he found jazz.

Hal Miller wrote in the Caravanserai CD sleeve notes: “By this time, Carlos Santana, clearly the most identifiable musical entity and moving force in the band, was dealing with a virtual maelstrom of conflicting emotions and aspirations, all of which put him in a collision course with most of the others. Close friend Michael Shrieve had introduced Carlos the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane and the result was that he found himself thrust into a new world he had never imagined with an imperative need to follow. For him, there could be no retreat to past successes that had placed him at the forefront of popular music, notwithstanding the obvious rewards.”

Today, listening to the hits such as Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va - because they were so much a part of the ’70s, they sure as hell date the songs. At the same time, they continue to form the backbone of the Santana oeuvre.

But not so with the jazzier tunes. Somehow, they remain timeless. Caravanserai could have been recorded today though strangely, Every Step Of The Way has a Milesian feel circa Bitches Brew (that dates it somehow). And it was in November 1973 that Welcome was released and here, Santana treated the fans with three tracks from the (forthcoming) new album - Going Home, Yours Is The Light and Light Of Life.

While Santana’s guitar would anchor his shows, there is lots of room for percussion and drums and songs like Bambele and Xibaba are decidedly African, giving the music a very fluid feel (as opposed to, say, Talking Heads’ more dynamic polyrhythms).

As those who are familiar with the Lotus live album (recorded in Japan, July 3-4, 1973), the best parts are where Santana lets loose, especially in the “encore” tracks of Samba Pa Ti and Incident At Neshabur. Though played fast and loose, Samba Pa Ti is a challenge - to Santana as a musician who takes the song to the edge and lets parts of it hang with a long sustain; and to the fans who are willing to suspend their judgement and to follow Santana. The result is an exhilarating ride. As a show closer, Incident At Neshabur, with its medley of jams, becomes a summation and a short history of “popular” music, gently reminding fans of where Santana comes from and where he’s going to.

While the Lotus album has been a reference point for Santana live in 1973, fans have been, for a while, sharing the August 18, 1973 show at the Jaycee Fairgrounds in Fayettteville, NC, with a similar though shorter playlist.

Thanks to mr_mags who shared the tracks on the Dime site, fans can now add this “more complete” show to their collection. Mr_mags notes: “From what I understand, this is a rarely/just recently (?) circulated SBD.”

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download them at a later date.

Disc 1
1. Going Home - 3:08
2. A-1 Funk - 2:35
3. Every Step Of The Way - 13:02
4. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen - 9:28
5. Oye Como Va - 6:16
6. Japan - 4:24
7. Bambele - 5:23
8. Um-um-um - 6:23
9. Yours Is The Light - 6:27
10. Batuka - 1:19
11. Xibaba (She-Ba-Ba) - 6:47
12. Stone Flower - 1:21
13. Waiting - 4:41
14. Castillos De Arena (Sand Castle) - 3:44

Disc 2
1. Free Angela - 4:43
2. Samba De Sausalito - 7:36
3. Light Of Life - 3:40
4. Se A Cabo - 6:26
5. Mr Udo - 3:23
6. The Creator Has A Master Plan - 9:03
7. Savor - 5:12
8. Toussaint L’Overture - 8:46
9. Samba Pa Ti - 9:44
10. Incident At Neshabur - 18:31

Carlos Santana (g/perc/vo)
Michael Shrieve (ds)
Jose “Chepito” Areas (perc)
Armando Peraza (perc/vo)
Douglas Rauch (b/g)
Richard Kermode (kbd)
Tom Coster (kbd/vo)
Leon Thomas (vo)


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  1. 8 Responses to “SANTANA - HARTFORD, CT 1973”

  2. Caliente! Muchas Gracias!

    By heli0tr0pe on Aug 27, 2009

  3. hey bigo, thanks! nice to have another santana show. big fan of capitol theatre show i got from bigo.

    i’m usually up early like at 2:30am so hopefully disc 2 will be ready by them. if so, i’ll get it and play walking tomorrow.

    i’ll tell you bigo keeps delivering the goods to quote judas priest. in the next week, i hope you put up a good avant boot. one can’t have too much avant. i have a ton now, and still don’t have everything.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 27, 2009

  4. Hi There it is an Great Show!Great thanks to bigo!

    By udo on Aug 28, 2009

  5. hey bigo, thanks! i got disc 2. i really like japan. it’s on pharoah sanders-tauhid. that’s arabic. it means the belief in one god. everybody should have it. sonny sharrock is on guitar. if they are any boots of him out there, please post. i have last exit-noise of trouble and his albums like seize the rainbow, live in ny and one of the best avant albums, ask the ages. heavy stuff.

    dave burrell is on tauhid. he’s heavy. you should hear echo. it’s one of the heaviest avant records of all time. i have it on tape. i also have alan silva-skillfulness and luna surface which is on and i have after love which is his album and silva is on it too.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 28, 2009

  6. Thank you very much. That is a great version of Incident At Neshabur. Could be renamed “Incident At Thompson.”

    Keep up the super work and if you get a chance, please unearth some more live Wishbone Ash.


    By James on Aug 28, 2009

  7. Thanks for Carlos and for Carla Bley. EOTH is one of the great albums in any collection of 20th century music. The recording is top notch.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Sep 1, 2009

  8. “SANTANA - HARTFORD, CT 1973”

    Great show. An interesting period of Santana. Doug Rauch is an awesome bass play - died to early in life

    By Mike U on Sep 26, 2009

  9. I have regarded the recording of, “The Life Divine” as the greatest dual lead electric guitar performance in music history, however when I downloaded this particular album, I only heard one guitar track! My original Columbia Records Quadraphonic release features Santana and McLaughlin both playing lead at the same time, after about 4:30 into the song, one on the left channel, one on the right, but I only hear what I beleive to be Santana’s lead track. Has anyone else noticed this? The problem seems to exist only on this track, which is the main reason I purchased the album, (besides the fact that my vinyl is extremely scratched up…). Where can I find an original mix?

    By Don Somerville on Jun 21, 2010

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